University of Miami football fans have been wondering what is holding up the signing of head coach Randy Shannon to a multi-year contract extension. Let's take a closer look at this situation and the arguments for and against the extension getting done.
Shannon supporters claim that Shannon has improved the Hurricanes' record in each of the past two years by two games per season. They cite the evidence that shows he has recruited very well, that he had to overcome an obvious lack of talent on the team when he took over, that last year's team was plagued by a rash of critical injuries and the fact that the team now appears to be poised on the brink of huge success going into the 2010 college football season.
Shannon doubters on the other hand claim that he has yet to even come close to winning the ACC and has lost games to teams that had less talent than the Hurricanes. They point to the fact that Miami has ended the last two seasons on a negative note by losing to California in the Emerald Bowl in 2008 and Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl in 2009. They also call into question Shannon's' game day coaching decisions, clock management issues and what some vaguely refer to as "media relations issues."
According to a recent interview with WQAM's Joe Rose, Shannon admitted that it's been difficult not receiving a contract extension, especially when it comes to recruiting.
"It's a challenge," said Shannon. "I'm not going to say it's not difficult. It's been a challenge for me and our coaching staff. . . .We knew we had to fill our needs on the offensive line and other positions. But it was a challenge to get the kids and the parents to trust me and our coaching staff that we're going to be here for four or five years. We had to go to schools that had coaches that believed in us because we had to convince the kids, parents and coaches.
"You have other schools that since I've been a head coach have been always saying that, 'Randy Shannon is going to be fired.' Now it's down to one year on my contract. It's difficult, but we'll keep working and it'll work itself out. We're going to keep coaching the guys on the team and keep recruiting and see what happens.
"We're all working to try and get it done. Me and Kirby Hocutt have been in constant communication about it and talking about it a lot. I want to be here and he feels the same way. We just have to get it done."
As a private institution, the University of Miami is not required to report coaches salaries. However, according to various sources Shannon was paid somewhere between $900,000 and $1.5 million in 2009. Regardless of what the actual number is that still places Shannon among the lowest paid coaches in the ACC.
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